Treatmentfor Guillain-Barr syndrome can help reduce the symptoms and speed up recovery.
Most people are treated in hospital and usuallyneed to stay in hospital for a few weeksto a few months.
The main treatments are outlined below.
The most commonly used treatment forGuillain-Barr syndrome is intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG).
When you haveGuillain-Barr syndrome, the immune system (the body's natural defences) produces harmful antibodies that attack the nerves.
IVIG is a treatment made from donated blood that contains healthy antibodies. These are given tohelp stop the harmful antibodies damaging your nerves.
IVIG is given directly into a vein. Most people need treatment once a day for aroundfive days.
A plasma exchange, also called plasmapheresis, is sometimes used instead of IVIG.
This involves being attached to a machine that removes blood from a vein and filters out the harmful antibodies that are attacking your nerves before returning the bloodto your body.
Most peopleneedtreatment every other day for a week or two.
This may include:
Once you start to improve, you may also needextra support to aid your recovery.
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